Monday, 30 November 2009

Out and About

It's been a while and I'd like to plead pressure of work but, actually, I've been out and about doing pre-Christmas things. We spent a night in Windsor on the way back from a business meeting. The Travel Lodge is right in the town centre so we had a lovely meal (arrived mid-evening) and shopped the next day. Then went and walked along the Thames - great weekend.

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I'll draw a veil over the lunches with various groups, suffice to say that I'm on a strict diet! Yesterday I went to London to meet up with two friends and we took in the Columbia Road flower market. It was wonderfully colourful, as you can see - love the leaves on these cyclamen. Great design source. I can honestly say that I have never been so wet - it rained, it hailed, it sleeted and we were wet right through to our underclothes. And frozen! When we got back to friend one's house we had to borrow clothes while ours were put in the dryer. Lovely to catch up with everyone's news.

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These are photos of the birth of a lake. It is sited next to an existing lake very close to our house. Although so close we only discovered it fairly recently as it is well hidden and seems to be kept a secret. We see exciting birds there - great crested grebes, widgeon, tufted ducks and lots of herons and cormorants. they are making an enormous new lake next to this one.

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Here is the stage they are at with the new lake. It will be filled in January if the rain doesn't beat them to it. I'll take pics when it is done.

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Tomorrow is exciting as it is the first issue of the new, combined, Workshop on the Web and Quiltwow mags. Here's a pic from Jan Beaney's article - she's got some great ideas.
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Having a catch-up day at home today.

HDD - It was a little mall linking the main road with a back road leading to the big West Quay development. Don't know the name but it was really pretty.


Pauline - I shall have to find the loo app. Need that one to go nationwide. My favourite one is 'Sleeps to Christmas' (always reminds me of Doreen). As well as playing a carol and counting down the sleeps, it also plays sleigh bells when you shake the iphone.

Thanks to all for mentions of Harrogate on blogs.

6 comments:

Julie said...

The begonia leaves are beautiful aren't they? Your photos of them are stunning. The lake looks exciting too and what a fantastic sky. I can't wait to see the new WOW! Good luck with the new style zine.

Heather said...

Glad you take time out for yourself sometimes - we keep your nose pretty well to the grindstone! Those cyclamen leaves are gorgeous - I choose my plants for their leaf patterns over the flowers! Love the lakes pictures - I shouldn't think anyone will have to fill them after all this rain. Only 'one more sleep' till I can check out the latest WOW, and I think it's going to be a SuperWOW!

gilby said...

Hi Maggie,
Just been having a quick look at the latest WOW, one word springs to mind
brilliant.
Thank you for all the hard work that goes into producing WOW.

Heather said...

Just had a quick whizz through the line-up for MegaWOW and I wasn't disappointed. You have done us proud Maggie - it's fantastic. I shall have to get a cook and a cleaning lady in as I'm already behind with the free online workshops! Many thanks to all of you who compile the workshops for us - they go from strength to strength.

Aussie Jo said...

Hi Maggie,
The new issue of the WOW is fantastic. I haven't read all the articles yet; just needed to take a break from the thesis writing and have some textile therapy.
You might need to take a leaf out of Doreen's book if the xmas festivities result in too many lunches, a few flights of stairs!!

MargaretR said...

I've enjoyed catching up with you Maggie and I haven't even had a chance to open my WOW, so that's also something to look faorward to.
Sorry you had to have antibiotics, glad they worked for you.